Social media agency Status Social was seeking two additional social media managers to support recent new business wins and had shortlisted three high calibre clients for final interview. It was during this process that one candidate, Media and Communication Studies graduate Kerrie Oxford, was identified by director Mark Saxby as having broader PR skills that could potentially be more relevant to a specialist PR agency. Having worked with NMPR on a number of joint client campaigns, Mark contacted director Simon Wildash, to recommend Kerrie. Coincidentally, NMPR was also about to initiate a search for a new account handler.
“We have worked successfully with Status Social to integrate social media campaigns into our PR work, building on the strengths of both agencies to deliver results for our clients,” explains Simon. “The relationship has worked extremely well, and it is great that we have now been able to extend this cooperation into other areas as well.
“With her PR and marketing background, including working at Toyota, we were very impressed with Kerrie and the timing could not have been better, so we were able to offer her a job straightaway.”
Kerrie has now taken up the role of Senior Account Executive at NMPR and will be working across the agency’s business-to-business client base in the print, packaging and technology sectors.
“I am thrilled to have joined NMPR,” said Kerrie. “The agency has an excellent reputation and I am looking forward to working with existing clients and developing new business relationships as the company continues to grow.”
Established in 2011, Status Social was one of the first social media marketing agencies in the UK. NMPR was formed in 1990 and is one of the UK’s leading PR agencies for the packaging industry.
As Mark Saxby concludes: “Not only did we find two fantastic recruits of our own, we were also able to help out NMPR with its recruitment needs in what is a competitive market. It clearly demonstrates the power in relationships and how Derby’s creative community can support each other and think ‘Derby First’ for the benefit of each other.”